(CNSNews.com) -- According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 85% of Muslim voters in Virginia cast their ballot for liberal Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam on Tuesday because they were, in part, attracted to an "inclusive" campaign.
Based on exit polling, CAIR discovered that 76% of Muslim voters in Virginia turned out to the polls on Nov. 7. In addition, the exit poll of 300 Muslims showed that 276 voted for Northam, 85%, and 42 voted for Republican Ed Gillespie, 13%. Another 5 people in the exit poll voted for libertarian Cliff Hyra, 2%.
"High Muslim voter turnout and higher than average support for now governor-elect Ralph Northam reflect voters -- including American Muslims and their neighbors -- embracing inclusive campaigns and shows once again that candidates who decide to fear-monger about minority communities will lose," said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw in a statement.
"Virginians have spoken and they reject division and hatred," said Rafi Ahmed, the interim president of the Virginia Council of Muslim Organizations, which helped to conduct the exit poll with CAIR.
CAIR also applauded other electoral victories for Muslims, including Mazahir Salih, the first Muslim woman to win a seat on the Iowa City Council; Fartun Ahmed, the first Muslim elected to the Hopkins School Board in Minnesota; Zak Idan, a Muslim elected to the Tukwila City Council in Washington; and Abdi Warsame, the first Somali-American Muslim to be reelected Ward 6 City Council Member in Minneapolis, Minn.